APRILIA, NICE THIRD ROW WITH ESPARGARÓ
ALEIX GOES THROUGH THE FIRSTS QUALIFIERS WITH THE SECOND PLACE TIME AND THEN FINISHES WITH EIGHTH OVERALL
Aleix Espargaró earned a spot on the third row in tomorrow's GP on the Valencia track which will close out the 2017 MotoGP Championship. It is a nice result, also in light of Aleix's less than optimum physical conditions. The rider is returning following surgery on his left hand fifteen days ago and he is fighting a pesky bout of bronchitis that has continued to weaken him for the past few days.
In the morning FP3 session, because of a crash right at the end of the session, Aleix missed going straight through to Q2 by just 61 thousandths of a second. But in the qualifying round, he was able to redeem himself, putting a nice time of 1’30.913 on the sheets which placed him on safe ground against his adversaries' attacks. In the end, his time was the second best of the session, earning him a spot in Q2.
Once there, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini rider improved further, riding his RS-GP to a lap time of 1’30.857 and taking the eighth best time which earns him the centre spot on the third row of the grid, alongside Rossi and Dovizioso.
Sam Lowes fell victim to a crash just as he was on his best lap of Q1, so he finished 24th - therefore on the eighth row - with a time of 1’31.816.